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Get the science right in your story with help from actual scientists!

Putting the Science in Fiction

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Science and technology have starring roles in a wide range of genres—science fiction, fantasy, thriller, mystery, and more. Unfortunately, many depictions of technical subjects in literature, film, and television are pure fiction. A basic understanding of biology, physics, engineering, and medicine will help you create more realistic stories that satisfy discerning readers.

This book brings together scientists, physicians, engineers, and other experts to help you:

• Understand the basic principles of science, technology, and medicine that are frequently featured in fiction.

• Avoid common pitfalls and misconceptions to ensure technical accuracy.

• Write realistic and compelling scientific elements that will captivate readers.

• Brainstorm and develop new science- and technology-based story ideas.

Whether writing about mutant monsters, rogue viruses, giant spaceships, or even murders and espionage, Putting the Science in Fiction will have something to help every writer craft better fiction.

The forty experts who contributed to this book represent a wide array of scientific, technological, and medical expertise. They include scientists, engineers, physicians, laboratory managers, and nurses who’ve collectively endured more than one hundred years of graduate study in their chosen fields. Many are aspiring or established science fiction and fantasy (SF/F) authors. Although they have different backgrounds and interests, they all have one thing in common: a love of SF. Their articles reference many popular books and movies that illustrate how (or how not) to put the science in fiction, with the goal of helping authors create realistic, compelling stories.

  • Dan Allen, Field of Expertise: Physics
  • Kathleen S. Allen, R.N., M.S.W., D.N.P., Field of Expertise: Psychiatry
  • Tom Benedict, Field of Expertise: Astronomy
  • Megan Cartwright Chaudhuri, Ph.D., Field of Expertise: Toxicology
  • Rebecca Enzor, Field of Expertise: Environmental Science
  • Lee A. Everett, D.V.M., M.S., Field of Expertise: Biomedical Research
  • Lynn Forrest, Ph.D., Field of Expertise: Atmospheric Science
  • Abby Goldsmith, Field of Expertise: Video Game Development
  • Jim Gotaas, Ph.D., Field of Expertise: Physics
  • Maria Grace, Ph.D., Field of Expertise: Educational Psychology

And more!


Dan Koboldt (Editor)

DAN KOBOLDT is a genetics researcher and fantasy/science fiction author from the Midwest. He is the editor of Putting the Science in Fiction (Writers Digest, 2018) and the author of the Gateway to Alissia series (Harper Voyager). Dan works at the Institute for Genomic Medicine at Nationwide Children’s Hospital, where he and his colleagues use next-generation DNA sequencing technologies to uncover the genetic basis of pediatric diseases. He has co-authored more than 70 publications in Nature, Science, The New England Journal of Medicine, and other scientific journals. Dan will be the Science Guest of Honor at NORWESCON 42 in Spring 2019.

Book Details

Publisher F+W Media
Genre Nonfiction
Publication Date Oct 16 2018
ISBN 9781440353383


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